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15 August 2015

United manager Mark Robins believes his squad were worthy winners of Saturday’s home clash against Crewe Alexandra.

Two goals from Paddy Madden either side of the break, his second and third of the new campaign, proved enough to secure a 2-0 victory for the Iron.

Following the match, Robins delivered his thoughts to The Iron PlayerHD: “I thought we were worthy winners.

“We had chance after chance and managed to take one and it took a long time for the next to come but thankfully it did.

“The first goal was a great ball in from Tom Hopper. He’s put it right on a plate for Paddy so Tom’s execution was outstanding.

“The second one was a really good finish. Paddy has got it out of his feet, dropped his shoulder and get a really good strike away. It has gone in the corner which is Paddy all over really.”

Irishman Madden has begun the season in fine form, following up his spot-kick against Barnsley on Tuesday night with a brace against Steve Davis’ Crewe.

Robins admits being more clinical is something his side have worked on in training and was pleased to see the hard work pay off.

“It would have been nice for Paddy to get his hat trick but hopefully that will keep him on his toes and he can do that in the not too distant future,” he continued.

“There’s a number of areas where we’ve got to improve and we work on that on a daily basis.

“Sometimes it has been really good and other times it hasn’t been as good but for the most part, we controlled and dominated the game.

“We’ll keep performing as well as we can and we’ve got a really good game coming up now on Wednesday against Wigan.”

Another positive factor coming out the match was that United managed to keep their first clean sheet of the campaign.

Joe Anyon has deputised for the suspended Luke Daniels in the last two fixtures and Robins has been happy with how he has settled into the side.

He added: “The goals, the clean sheet – it’s all part of what we’re trying to do.

“If you don’t concede and you score a goal you’re going to win the game so let’s see if we can have many more of those this season.

“Joe is doing fine. Again we’re looking for a little bit more tempo from our play and Joe is a really important part of that team unit.

“Sometimes we just made the wrong decision but I’ve got to say, the three points were a must and to get off to a winning start at home in the league was really important for us.”

The manager finished by issuing an update on the injuries to midfielders Stephen Dawson and Dave Syers, who both didn’t feature in the matchday squad.

Robins said: “Stephen trained on Friday and he was 50-50 going into the game.

“He just felt a little uncomfortable so there was no point risking him but hopefully he will be okay after the weekend and it gives him a couple more days to get ready for Wednesday.

“Dave is now back in the running. He joined in with training on Friday so Dave is now fit.”

See much more from Mark Robins, Sean McAllister and Paddy Madden on The Iron PlayerHD.

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